(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)
Hey did you guys know we have a high school in town? Jenkins Junior Senior High School, named for the great Colonel Jenkins. Chances are if you’re reading this you may have graduated from this school. The school has quite a few sports teams and through the years has put in plenty of “Rudy”-like moments where our small town does well on the state stage.
Chewelah’s fandom when it comes in ebbs and flows and understandably it kind of comes with how well the teams are doing. Like anything these days participation and attendance can be something of a struggle because do you want to sit out at Snyder Field and lose a few fingers or watch Netflix in the comfort of your home?
But, it’s time to get a little more crazy about our Cougars. We used to have a fan section known as the “Cougar Crazies” that was modeled after the Cameron Crazies out at Duke (I blame the Garner family and their noticeable love for Duke for these. GO HEELS!). Well the fan section is back. If you’ve been to a Cougar volleyball game lately, you’ve noticed the large student section. Its the biggest student section I’ve seen at a Chewelah game of any sort, and remember I went to school at JHS when we had perhaps peak enrollment in the 2A classification.
Now we’re a B school, and the kids get it. They’re excited. They’re pumped. In the 2B world of athletics, we’re almost always going to be competitive and at least a few wins away from qualifying for state. There will be losses and wins, but you know what makes things a whole lot better? A rabid home crowd. Would you rather watch WSU Coug it? UW fans brag about their new yachts? The Seahawks get intercepted at the goal line again?
On Oct. 11, Chewelah will be hosting its annual Homecoming Game and its going to be a telling game. Lake Roosevelt is coming to town and if Chewelah wins, they’re going to be given some major kudos for downing yet another 2B favorite.
Homecoming the past few years has been subdued and generally contained to the school itself.
But some community minded people are hoping to make it a town-wide event.
Each year the students celebrate their school spirit during Homecoming week by decorating the school hallways, wearing crazy costumes and holding pep rallies and spirit competitions. Now the Chewelah Chamber of Commerce want adults to do the same.
The Chamber is calling on people to decorate their storefront on the week of October 7 – 11. Deck your buildings out in blue and white Chewelah Cougar décor and, on Friday’s game day, dress up in your blue and white Chewelah Cougar gear. I’ll be driving around with a camera that week, and if you plan on participating and Cougar-fying your business give me an email or a phone call.
Whoever has the wildest Cougar costumes and business storefront will win $100 in Chamber bucks. So let’s revive the tradition of painting Chewelah blue for homecoming and make Lake Roosevelt wonder who all these crazy Cougar fans are.
Also if you want to be in the newspaper for being the biggest Chewelah Cougar fan, send your “fan resume” to email@example.com
If I have my way we will feature the biggest Cougar fan on the week after Homecoming.
Make sure you submit a photo, why you’re the biggest Coug fan and a photo in a Cougar Costume.
I can’t offer a $100 prize, but you’ll be featured in the newspaper and it will be all for school spirit and pride.
And why stop at homecoming? Pick a local sport and go to games. Its more fun for everyone when there is a bunch of people at Snyder Field or Pein-Lynch Gym. Netflix is just running a bunch of serial killer documentaries anyway. We should paint the town blue and continue to show support and spirit because our sports programs are worth showing support for.